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Farming
Australian Premiere

Based on his own incredible autobiographical story, writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje follows a young Nigerian boy as he is drawn into the warped world of a racist skinhead gang in 1980s England.

Enitan (Zephan Amissah/Damson Idris) is a boy “farmed out” by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future. Ingrid Carpenter (Kate Beckinsale), is the working-class wife from a Gypsy background to whom he is entrusted, amidst a dozen other foster children. Caught between two worlds and belonging to neither, Enitan’s need for love and acceptance is exploited by the adults in his life, transforming a sweet boy into a teenage menace. When all seems lost and Enitan spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher offers him one last chance at redemption.

Driven by themes of identity, power, love and betrayal, Farming is rich with compelling characters: the complex and dubious Ingrid, Levi (John Dagleish) the charismatic gang leader, and at its heart our flawed hero, Enitan, a lost soul desperately searching for a mother’s love as he struggles to find himself in a brutal world.

Director
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Cast
Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
2018 | 107 min
Drama
United Kingdom
CTC
Sheds light on a complicated, lesser-known aspect of Britain’s 20th-century history.
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Winner
Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2019
Official Selection
World Premiere, Discovery, Toronto Film Festival, 2018

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